What is Mediation?


Put simply, mediation is a way for two parties to resolve a dispute with the help of an individual removed from the issue. With the assistance of a neutral third party, or mediator, those involved can discuss the matter in a calm and professional setting to reach an agreement.

Whether you’re experiencing a dispute with family, a neighbour or your workplace, a mediator works with you in a confidential setting to allow both parties to get their point across; considering the arguments and points of view of all involved.

In a recent study the National Audit Office recommended the use of a mediator, reporting that “family disputes…resolved through mediation are cheaper, quicker and, according to academic research, less acrimonious than those that are settled through the court.”

How does Mediation work?

The use of a mediator is a voluntary process agreed between both parties that usually begins with a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting, and whilst mediation is often an option suggested by lawyers individuals are free to seek out a mediator if they so wish.

Anything discussed within a mediation session is confidential and therefore can’t be disclosed to a court at a later date, but as mediation has been proven to reduce the stress and financial implications of resolving a dispute, many parties opt for mediation as an alternative solution to the court system entirely.

Why Choose Essex Mediation?

Essex Mediation has a background dealing in a range of family and commercial mediation matters including divorce, contract disagreements and issues involving children, using our experience to resolve issues for our clients as well as training other mediators.

With offices in Colchester, Chelmsford, Harlow and appointments available in other locations upon request you can book a mediation session at your convenience, and with legal aid also still available through Essex Mediation, with the financial support needed to resolve your issue.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our mediation services or wish to arrange your initial Mediation Information and Assessment meeting, please contact us.